Yesterday, Saturday 10 July, a proposal to make special arrangements for Anglicans who cannot accept women bishops was narrowly defeated in the General Synod of the Church of England.
Briefly this means that the Church of England will have women bishops shortly, and there will be a code of practice for being sensitive to the needs of those who oppose this.
At St John's our position has for some time been two-fold:
First, we welcome everyone who comes to worship whatever their view of women in Holy Orders.
Everyone is welcome to express their view to a limited and proportionate degree.
Second, we fully support and celebrate the inclusion of both men and women in those Holy Orders.
This means we will never guarantee the presence of a male priest at services, any more than we would guarantee a white priest. Nor will we publicise the gender of the priest on duty so that worshippers can choose to attend (or not) on that basis.
We hope, in humility, that this position reflects the love and the heart of God.